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So many things I wish I knew before I moved to Mexico six years ago: residency requirements, getting a job, finding an apartment, dealing with authorities, traveling around the country, and learning Spanish.
All those and more are in my new article What You Need to Know to Live in Mexico: Insider Tips, which I’m proud to say was chosen by Transitions Abroad as the 1st-place winner of their 2016 Expatriate Writing Contest.
Here are some tips from the article:
- Most visitors can stay as a tourist for six months. If you don’t plan on working (or getting the visa for permission to work), leave the country when the six months are finished and then simply come back for another six months.
- To find a job, ask for a job interview in person by visiting the company, not by email.
- Bring originals of all official documents, like your birth certificate and university transcripts, and get them officially certified with an apostille.
- Be polite and calm with authorities at all costs. Never show impatience or anger, or you will get nowhere.
- Don’t take first-class, long-distance buses in Mexico. Domestic flights are usually cheaper and obviously much faster.
- You don’t need to go to a school to learn Spanish, but can do it yourself with a 20-minute daily commitment. Some ideas: Learn grammar from a book, practice reading with the newspaper, practice listening with songs on YouTube, and practice speaking with a language exchange.
For more advice, details on those above, and lots of online resources, please read the article on Transitions Abroad. And thanks for visiting my blog.
Thanks a lot to Transitions Abroad for publishing my article 10 Tips for Cheap Immersion Travel in Latin America.
Click the link to read it, and please leave a comment on the story! I hope you find it helpful.
After years of working at UPS and, more recently, studying evenings at the local community college, Sam finally took a vacation. He got two weeks off. He bought round-trip tickets to Spain, with an arrival in Madrid and departure in Barcelona. He planned to backpack around, maybe even visit Paris or Morocco.
He was detained at the Madrid airport, kept in a holding cell overnight and then shipped back to the U.S.
Now, four days later, he sat with me in the wide, airy second-floor hotel lobby in Tulum town, Mexico. Loud party music blasted from clubs and restaurants on the street below. We ate mangoes and shared caguamas of Victoria, big 40-ounce Mexican beers. It had been a long day in the hot sun of the Mayan Riviera, Mexico’s Caribbean coast.
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